4hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Games that will decide the NFL season

Which remaining games will decide the NFL playoff field? Bill Barnwell sets up the viewing guide as we march into December.

Curry's fourth-quarter clutch plays (0:28)
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NFL Power Rankings: Panthers take over

Unbeaten Carolina is our new No.1, but who else in on the rise and how far did the Patriots fall with their first loss of the season?

30 for 30 Shorts: Thicker Than Water (14:16)
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Hensley: Hill gives Ravens a thrill in Cleveland

In a season full of losses, the Ravens left Cleveland with a thrilling win Monday night when they blocked a potential winning FG and Will Hill scooped up the ball and scored in the game's final seconds.

ESPN Sport Science - Ravens Kick 6 (1:19)
Jadakiss' NBA 'Top 5 Dead Or Alive' playlist (2:05)
Kirk Ferentz: A special group (1:24)
1hMitch Sherman

How loyalty paid off for Iowa, Ferentz

Through the good times and bad, the big wins and tough losses, Iowa and Kirk Ferentz have stuck together. Now they're one win away from a playoff spot.

3hChantel Jennings

Monmouth bench becomes a star attraction

The bench mob known as The Hawks' Nest has gained notice for their celebrations. Just cheering won't do; how about fishermen with a photo op?

Big 10-ACC Challenge: Tuesday preview (3:43)
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Strauss: Warriors 'hustle' Jazz, improve to 19-0

The Warriors' seven-game road trip started Monday night with their 19th straight win. But it wasn't easy. Steph Curry (26 points) hit two free throws with two seconds to play as the Warriors avoided their first loss of the season in Utah.

Draymond Green on what makes the Warriors special (3:56)
Dabo dabs (0:16)
Kobe's Philly finale (1:10)
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3hNBA Insiders

5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

Mbah a Moute sets up Jordan with beautiful dish (0:17)
The Ravens grind out another win (1:31)
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4hAaron Schatz

Schatz: Projecting the NFL playoff picture

It's not Denver, New England or Cincinnati. No, the AFC's hottest team is Kansas City. They're now in the picture; Aaron Schatz projects the NFL playoffs.

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Heisman Watch: Henry closes in, top 5 unchanged

Alabama running back Derrick Henry (49 points) remains a firm No. 1 in this week's Heisman Watch after his 271-yard outing against Auburn, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (31 points) and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (28 points) remaining at Nos. 2 and 3.

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5hMike Sando

Sando: Denver's title window is wide open

Many have described the Broncos as a win-now team because of Peyton Manning. But his injury has shown that the roster is well equipped to contend for titles after he's gone.

Leafs rookie gets shutout in first career start (1:15)
Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)


Warriors' Walton wins Coach of the Month

Golden State interim coach Luke Walton has led the defending champions to the best start in NBA history at 19-0 while filling in for Steve Kerr (back surgery). Cleveland's David Blatt won Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.


McCown done for year, starter unknown

Mike Pettine said that QB Josh McCown is out for the season with a broken collarbone, but the Browns coach did not announce if Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis would start against the Bengals on Sunday.


Heisman Watch: Henry still tops

The top Heisman contenders, including Alabama's Derrick Henry, all had strong games this past weekend. As such, there was no change in the top 5. Rankings

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ICYMI: Luc Mbah a Moute's perfect pass

The Clippers forward had almost zero room to work in, but found teammate DeAndre Jordan to deliver this gem of a play: A behind-the-back pass capped off with a dunk.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton says he "could care less" that the Panthers are the only undefeated team now that New England has lost. "I know it's only ink just for the media," he said. "We can't make it bigger than what it is. Nothing's changed as for our preparation. It's about becoming 1-0 by the end of Sunday."

Test shows Big Ben suffered concussion

The results of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's Impact concussion test showed that Roethlisberger did suffer a concussion, a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Roethlisberger will be in the protocol this week, and the Steelers do not know yet whether he will be able to play Sunday night.

Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer 

Official groundbreaking ceremony on new UFC HQ in Las Vegas today. Construction scheduled for approximately 15 months. 180,000 sq. ft facility.


How far can Hafthor Bjornsson from "Game of Thrones" throw a keg? Not surprisingly, pretty darn far. Check it out

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Johnson among top waiver-wire picks

With two Cardinals RBs injured, rookie David Johnson becomes a popular option this week with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon. Free-agent finds

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Dabo's turn to dab

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows how to dab, even if he doesn't quite know what it means.


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama QB Jake Coker isn't overlooking Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, calls the Gators the best defense they've faced all year.

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of the CFP committee members will remain at their meeting HQ in Grapevine, Texas following tonight's ranking because they will meet again Friday afternoon and watch the MAC title game together. They will meet again Saturday a.m., break to watch the games, and meet again Sat night after the last game ends. They will meet again Sunday morning -- Selection Day.


Finebaum: 'Iowa has no chance'

Danny Kanell is picking the Hawkeyes to win the Big Ten over Michigan State, but Paul Finebaum thinks otherwise: "[The Hawkeyes] have a nice team, but they're running up against the big boys Saturday."


30 for 30: Greg Louganis in 'Thicker Than Water'
Olympic Sports 

ESPN Films' award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts series continues with "Thicker Than Water," a 14-minute look at diver Greg Louganis decision to compete in the 1988 Olympics after learning he was HIV positive. Louganis and coach Ron O'Brien recount the emotional struggle, and ultimate success, of those days in Seoul.

Olympic Sports 

Lebron regrets not meeting Kobe in Finals

"I didn't hold up my end of the bargain in 2009 for the fans, for us, to meet in the Finals. ... I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, we wanted it, he held up his end and I didn't hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn't happen."

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NFL Power Rankings: A new No. 1

For the first time since Week 2, the NFL Power Rankings feature a new king: The still undefeated Carolina Panthers. But how far did the Pats loss to the Broncos hurt their positioning? Full rankings

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Mullen, Schiano, Davis interview with Miami

Current Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, former Rutgers and Bucs coach Greg Schiano, and former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis have all interviewed for the vacant Miami head-coaching job, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. They are looking to replace Al Golden, who was fired in October.

Kobe Bryant's career in photos

Bryant was a fresh-faced kid when the Lakers acquired him on draft day in 1996. Twenty years later, he's a superstar with a swan song. Photos

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KD blasts media for Kobe treatment

Kevin Durant said he's "disappointed" with how the media has treated the struggling Kobe Bryant: "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it."


Barnwell: Biggest games left in the NFL

It's Dec. 1. There are 80 total games left in the NFL's regular season, and Bill Barnwell has circled the ones that will decide the playoffs -- and perhaps the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Big games

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Jones insists Tony Romo has '4-5 years' left

A fiesty Jerry Jones believes the Cowboys QB has plenty of years left, telling 105.3 The Fan's K&C Masterpiece: "This is not a damn debate, guys. ... [Y]ou're asking me what I think and I think we've got [an] outstanding quarterback ahead of us for the next four or five years."


Jim Bowden ESPN Staff/Senior Writer 

Magic Johnson presents Dave Roberts with his new Dodgers uniform